The Rise of the Military Industrial Complex?
The question is rather redundant because America has been on a more or less been on a continuous ‘war footing’, either in active military engagement or preparation since its inception in July 1776 . See this article on Wikipedia
President Eisenhower in his Presidential farewell speech in 1952 cautioned against the rising power of what he described as “the Military-Industrial Complex’ that could, if not controlled, eventually come to dominate our political and economic lives. Ike’s sage advice, unfortunately for us, was not taken seriously because every defense/military budget since then hs substantially increased the military budget..
The Department of Defense base budget for fiscal year beginning October 2017 will be 574 Billion US dollars. However, the actual total is 824 Billion US dollars, when all spending devoted to national defense and security are included ie.: Homeland Security, Overseas Contingency Operations ( primarily for fighting ISIS), Veterans Affairs, State Department functions, — FBI, CIA, NATO, the UN etc.).
America has over 1000 military installations scattered around the world and its military/defense spending is more than the combined total of the next in line nine countries i.e. China, Russian, etc.. There are few corners of the globe that do not experience some presence of Uncle Sugar.
The Surrogate Method & DJT
Looking at several astrological factors I noticed a pattern of what lies ahead for the nation, particularly regarding US military activity. The primary charts I used are 1) the horoscope of the new President, Donald J. Trump (DJT) — because traditionally the horoscope of the head of a country, be he a king or with another title, is used as the ‘surrogate’ for the country. (see Mundane Perspectives in Astrology¹ for full elucidation of this technique). Next referenced is the the 2) U.S. Declaration of Independence, ‘Sibly’ chart; and finally the 3) mundane chart of the total Solar Eclipse of August 21, 2017 from the Capitol Building, where Congress resides, in Washington D.C.
Glancing at the Eclipse Chart
The solar eclipse at first glance appears rather pacific, Sagittarius rises, its ruler Jupiter is ensconced in the House of Friends, the 11th with no opposition. Virgo rules the Midheaven, and it’s ruler Mercury is also there in the 10th, but not strongly aspected.
Gemini is at the cusp of the Descendant the 7th, its ruler is Mercury, so Mercury is the planet to look to for events related to relations with other countries, peaceably or in open conflict. The eclipse itself falls in the 9th House along with Mars. In mundane analysis the Ninth House is related to foreign relations between countries: international travel, communication, transportation; matters relating to religion/philosophy; a society’s common values and mores of conduct and publishing and education.
As with any specific astrological configuration the question is “What does it mean?”
Human beings throughout time have watched eclipses with a sense of awe and some dread, intuitively sensing that the appearance of one presaged some kind of profound change coming, perhaps the death of a chieftain; the birth of a noble figure;famine; an imminent invasion by another tribe or nation, and so on. In interpreting the potentials of an eclipse the sign, house & degree of the eclipse is noted. Finally viewed are the aspects patterns it forms, and how they interrelate to the whole.
Charles Jayne’s study of Eclipses
Noted astrologer Charles Jayne did extensive research of eclipses and developed an original perspective on how to interpret them. His basic eclipse rules were that a solar eclipse could have an effect beginning at least 3 months before the phenomena that lasted for six months after the eclipse OR until the next solar eclipse.² He found that the placement of the eclipse paths/shadows on the globe was a primary consideration and further noted that the patterns of placement and inter-connections between eclipse paths over time depicted when and where significant world events might occur.
Jayne published much of his early work in various astrological magazines during World war II. His article titled “Britain’s Invasion Eclipses” appeared in ‘Your Future, Extra World Crisis Edition’, July-December 1941, where accurately predicted the future course of Britain in the war and its eventual victory, but he warned that the war would mark the beginning of the decline of the British Commonwealth Empire and its global influence.
There have been in all seventy-five attempts to invade England worthy of the name in the last 2000 years. If they came by chance merely, they would come on an average of once every 26.6 years. However, they have not come that way. Instead they appear to follow with amazing regularity the occurrences of eclipses over Britain. And more than this attempts to invade Britain are linked by special eclipses recurring near special dates. Thus one-third of the attempts to invade Britain have occurred within two years after an eclipse near January 1st or late June. The major threats and intense invasion attempts are always preceded by Solar Eclipses near the above dates, whose shadow passed over or near the island.
I mention Jayne’s work here to suggest why this particular solar eclipse appears to be so important, after all eclipses are rather frequent and regular; usually two solar and two lunar eclipse a year. What marks this one is that the path of its shadow stretches directly across the middle of America, and from sea to sea. Looking back at the historical patterns of total solar eclipses that have bisected America I find that they have occurred about once every one-hundred years; the most recent occurred on June 16, 1806 and was noted by Merriwether and Lewis in their diary as they explored President Jefferson’s Louisiana Purchase of March of the same year. The only previous one noted was July 1618 when Prince Maurits of Nassau, Netherlands Maurice organised the Dutch rebellion against Spain; so this one is a rare bird. Both previous event btw, involve territorial expansion.
This eclipse by itself does not by itself suggest that the US is in immediate peril for war, but it alerts us to be prepared for some kind of significant, perhaps shattering event, here in America. To predict the specific outlines of this requires the consideration of a complex of factors and plenty of intuitive foresight, but, the proximity of Mars to the eclipse is indicative of rather volatile mood that will be stimulated by the astronomical event, regardless of where one is located on the globe.
DJT and the August Eclipse
The picture begins to come more into focus when we lay the eclipse chart alongside the natal chart of DJT in a bi-wheel.
You don’t have to be a master astrologer to notice some strong configuration connections between these two charts. The eclipse is within two degrees of Trump’s Mars and the Ascendant degree of 29 Leo; the ellipse Mars is not far away. Transiting Saturn, conjunct Trump’s Moon is trine to the eclipse, and his Sun is sextile to it. Trump’s Mars/ASC is obviously under duress, how will he react? There will be a reaction, you can bet on it because Trump throughout his life has been quick to react to events. Coincident with the action of the eclipse, Saturn transits DJT’s natal Moon (within an orb of 10 seconds); because he was born during a lunar eclipse the transit also opposes the sun.
His mentor was the Washington lawyer Roy Cohn. Roy gained public notice and notoriety during the Watergate hearings. He taught DJT that when attacked always hit back immediately, and harder than he was hit. Consequently DJT is perhaps the most litigious businessman in history, filling hundreds of lawsuits( has anyone counted them?) against competitors and anyone he perceived to be a threat. Thus, it is a near certainty that this eclipse will precipitate some strong reaction by him.
Grant Lewi and Saturnian Transits
The astrologer Grant Lewi ( Astrology For the Millions) demonstrated how the transits of Saturn across the angles and around the wheel of the chart are an excellent chronometer of the timing of the ‘ups and downs’ of a human life. An example is: a Saturn transit of the 10th house ( MC) usually coincides with a high point in the career and public life of an individual, while a transit of the 4th (IC) usually marks a low point, period of change to a new path in life.
During the summer and fall of 2014 Saturn transited DJT’s IC, perhaps that was the time when he definitely decided to run for President, a notion that he had been tossing around for several years. In an odd sort of way, DJT again defied conventional thinking, that is, the astrology seemed to indicate that while he was at the ‘bottom rung’ of the ladder of success, this was for him the top. Similarly, his brief political career that has bucked all the rules, the most improbable of candidates, yet he was the victor; a fellow who had never held public office succeeds in winning the highest one – go figure. Perhaps the conjunction of the Sun and Node with Uranus in his natal 10th house is the indicator of unpredictability in his career.
A final comment on DJT’s Saturn transit; the planet is at the time of the eclipse at 21 Sagittarius, in a partile conjunction ( within 10 Seconds of exact)with his natal Moon, and in opposition to his Sun ( he was born during a Lunar Eclipse). The Moon is closely related to a person’s organic well-being, inner resources, mental/physical stamina , instincts and social functioning. With Saturn crossing the Moon DJT may experience health and stamina issues ( he has apparently always enjoyed good health); he may feel strong inner frustrations because he doesn’t feel that he can act as freely as he has throughout his life. He has always been the total captain of his ship, answering to no one, now as President of the most powerful nation in history, he finds that he is more restricted than at any other time in his life. Boy! What a bummer!. Then, there is the opposition to his Sun – only more obstacles and frustration of his efforts. This is, consequently, an extremely critical juncture in his life, perhaps the most challenging he has ever faced.
Bernadette Brady and Eclipses
The astrologer Bernadette Brady writes extensively about eclipses in her book “Predictive Astrology, The Eagle and the Dove”. She says that astrologers typically view eclipses as ‘wild cards’ thrown into the mix to shake things up. This is missing the most important things about eclipses, she says, which is that eclipses occur in ‘families’, that have beginnings, middles and ends. If you want to learn everything you need to know about eclipses I suggest reading her book.
The current August 21 eclipse (Saros 145 began in January 4, 1639 at the North Pole ( S.S. 1 North and ends February 2, 2883) Its chart features a strong configuration of Jupiter, Uranus, Pluto and Neptune ( all big actors of generational force). Thus each eclipse in this series will carry a signature of these planets and mark important developments on the world stage because of the high preponderance of outer planets involved: for further confirmation pay attention to this eclipse as according to Charles Jaynes affects are felt two years out.
DJT at the time of this eclipse is at a major choke-point in his life. How will he react?This next chart is a bi-wheel of DJT natal with the USA ‘Sibly’ chart.
I will not spend much time studying this chart because it is well-known. I am including it because it contains so many planet connections. It seems, from an astrological perspective, that DJT is the ‘man of the hour’ for America; that the karma of the nation has sprung him upon the US at a moment of great need for a leader, but, in what seems to be a cruel trick, the savior has clay feet, maybe clay all the way to the top of his head, and a motor mouth that he cannot seem to control.
This next chart is an AstroMap of DJT’s natal chart. The AstroMap of chart reveals the where and how his natal planets are the most active on Earth.
The Prism of the Astro Map
This a section of DJT’s complete Astromap, the most interesting part. In particular we see that the Pluto, Mars, Descendant Lines sweep across Eastern China, the the Mars Line crossing a fringe of North Korea, while the Uranus IC lines pass just East of Korea. Note the Saturn Descendant passes right through the heart of China.
What is this telling us? Clearly, China and its step-child North Korea will be on the Front Burner during Trump’s administration, possibly Japan as well as it is a major US ally and trade partner. China has been a consistent target of DJT’s ire, accusing them of currency manipulation, stealing jobs while enjoying unfair trade deals with the US. Last week I saw US Secretary of State, Mr. Tillerson, standing at the 38th Parallel, staring across at the stony faced North Koreans stating that the era of negotiations is over and “everything is on the table” – his manner, words and tone resounding authority and threatening.
Is it war? Or should I say, is it a new war on the horizon? If so where? All the ingredients seem to be in the pot, ready for August heat to set the armies in motion, and probably within the year (DJT does not ‘let any grass grow under his feet’). The “where” is probably around North Korea, and if we throw ‘trade wars’ into the fray, in which case there is no outright shooting involved, increasing the odds to the unavoidable.
Applause? Comments? Questions? Rebuttals? Looking forward to them all.
- Jones, Marc E. “Mundane Perceptives in Astrology,” copyright 1963, Stanwood, WA: Sabian Publishing Society. It is available at many online booksellers.
- The next total solar eclipse in the U.S. is April 8, 2024, and it will be visible from Texas to New England. Big cities in the path of the 2024 eclipse include Austin, Dallas, Indianapolis, Cleveland, Buffalo and Montreal. From USA Today.